Kids ’n Kinship gala slated Sept. 17 in Lakeville

Kids ’n Kinship, a youth mentoring organization, will hold its annual gala celebrating 45 years of service to youth 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville.

Master of ceremonies will be Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom. The event will include music by Andy Tackett and special performances by Lakeville South Encore and Lakeville North Now & Then Singers.

The milestone gala will also feature a meal prepared by an award-winning chef, craft beer and wine cork pulls, and a silent auction which includes four Disney One Day Park Hopper tickets, a Cutco Kitchen cooking class, theatre and dining gift cards, and a Minnesota Vikings football autographed by Monterae Carter.

The celebration will include a testimonial from Kids ’n Kinship mentee Rick Bjorklund. Three awards will be presented at the event: The Heart of Kinship Award will be presented to Jan Belmore; the Community Partner Award to the Kopp Family Foundation; and the Friend of Kinship Award to Randy Bailey.

Tickets are $45 each or eight tickets for the price of seven. They can be purchased at Multiple levels of event sponsorships are also available, ranging from $250 to $5,000. Donations can be made online at